The Association of Colleges made a revised pay offer to lecturers in further education last week. The offer was 3.2 percent – up from the previous offer of 2.5 percent.
The new offer reflects the impact of the strikes that lecturers took over pay. But it remains below inflation.
The UCU is demanding a rise of 6 percent or £1,500 a year, whichever is greater. The ACM managment union has accepted the offer and the T&G section of Unite will recommend acceptance.
Unison will ballot its members without recommendation on the offer, stressing that, “if members vote to reject they must be prepared to take part in sustained and escalating industrial action beginning with a two-day all out strike”.
The UCU further education committee has called a special national sector conference on 20 September to consult wider layers of members on the offer.
Sean Vernell, a member of the UCU executive, told Socialist Worker, “We believe that there is more money in the pot and that more action will bring a better deal.
“A deal that is below inflation will not be acceptable to our members.”